I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Monday, November 26, 2012

September is an Ugly Month

Hey Blog Buddies,

Hope you had a great weekend.  Between all the made-from-scratch leftovers that my friend Joyce sent with us on Thursday (yum!) and the stitching/sewing I got done, it was a good one for me.

First up, as you might expect from the title, is Crabby All Year's September.  Yes, it is ugly, but that's why I like it because all of Crabby's months are ugly in some form!

There was a lot of stitching with this one,
between the bag of leaves and the large pile of
(you guessed it) leaves.
I just placed the buttons on top
to pretty it up a bit and so that
you can see what the finished product
will look like.
I'm sure that there are parts of the world
where all the leaves fall off the trees in September,
but here in northern Illinois it's more like
late October/early November.
However, the ladies have something different planned
for those months.

While I was plugging away at September,
I was also busy cutting fabric for my quilt.
I finished that task, much to my surprise,
and thought I'd start out with sewing a small block.
The plan is to crease the two pieces down the middle,
line up the creases and pin.

The first two pieces:
sew the two curved sides together.
They suggest using the one-pin method,
but that didn't work for me.
I need three pins, one in the middle
and one on each end.
I'm acquainted with many people
who could whip this out in the blink of an eye.
I am not one of them.

But I did get a block finished:

Not really perfect, but kinda close.
For me, this is as good as it gets.
If all my blocks turn out like this,
I'll be a happy camper.

The  construction of the above block took a long time--
and a lot of stress.
I only had to rip out two seams.
My goal is one per day, until I reach seven.
Then, it's on to the larger pieces.

In the meantime, I plan to start another stitching project
from my 2012 list.
It's the hand embroidery that will keep me sane.

Until next time,
thanks for visiting!


Giovanna said...

Not ugly at all - I'm a great fan of the Crabby series! Well done on the new block. And nice patchwork too.

EvalinaMaria said...

Congrats on the finish. The crabby is crabby not ugly :)

Julie said...

Crabby looks great and well done on the quilt square, it sure looks way too complicated for me to do

cucki said...

beautiful finish dear..i love it..
hugs x

Caitlin Jordan said...

Gorgeous stitching

Anne said...

Look at those curves! Beyootiful! Congrats.

Chris said...

I am enjoying your crabby year. The leaves are just about finished here too.
That fabric and quilt block are beautiful.
Have a great week!

Cathy Pavlovich said...

Very nice finish and pretty quilt block too! I've mentioned you on my blog -- take a look!

Siobhán said...

Nice finish on the stitching! Love that quilt block. Good for you working with the curves! I haven't tried that yet but would love to do some at some point.

Carol said...

That's the cutest "ugly" piece I've seen all year :) And amazing block finish with those curves!

JenniDMills said...

I've tried curved piecing and just CANT get it to sit right!!! ???